THE LEADING EDGE

NEWSLETTER OF MUROC EAA CHAPTER 1000

October 1999

This Month's Meeting
The Project Police Infiltrate Golden West Fly-In
And From Det 11...
Last Month's Meeting
The Prez Sez...
New Members
Young Eagles Update
The Excalibur Story
Loose Ends
Web Site Update
Chapter 1000 Calendar
For Sale


This Month's Meeting:

HOMEBUILDERíS DOWN DAY

In response to the outstanding success of EAA Chapter 1000 at the Edwards Air Force Base 1999 Open House (13 aircraft flown in and about 300 Young Eagles signed up), the Kommandant has declared an EAA Chapter 1000 Down Day from 1700 to 1900 on 19 October 1999. And since we know how to goof off better than the government, not only is time off granted to military members, but civilians and contractors will not be charged leave either. Members are expected to use this time working on their projects, being with their families, or doing some other activity they find enjoyable. Members of the Project Police may be checking up on you.

Watch for a report next month, as this event was still in progress at press time.

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The Project Police Infiltrate Golden West Fly-In

An esteemed and highly trained group of PPOs were called upon to form a Project Police Tactical Assault Force (PPTAF) for purposes of investigating the second annual Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In. Okay, so it was the same old group of board members, but go along with us for the purposes of the story. Gary Aldrich, George Gennuso, and Russ Erb set out early in the morning on 11 September 1999 from their not-so-secret base of operations at Fox Field for the former Castle Air Force Base in the mighty VC-180 Fighting Skywagon.

As the fly-in was being held near the territory of EAA Chapter Det 11, this PPTAF called upon the members of Det 11 to provide support and local knowledge of the site to improve the chances of success. Norm Dewitt was able to infiltrate to the core of the organization posing as an air show performer in his black Christen Eagle, brought out of retirement while the Edge 540 undergoes a factory rebuild. Ed Dutreaux flew in as a mild-mannered EAAer in his RV-4 N444ED.

Keeping with standard PPTAF procedures, the main PPTAF had not made any arrangements to link up with the Det 11 team. This non-planning served the dual purpose of enhancing mission security and being less work. The PPTAF wandered semi-aimlessly toward the center of the fly-in when they were spotted in their smashing black uniforms by Norm, who had so successfully penetrated the organization as to get them to provide him with a staff car (or at least permission to drive on the flight line, weíre not sure which). Almost immediately thereafter we were joined by Ed, within 100 feet of N444ED. We would have seen his airplane if we had just looked in the right place. At this time, we were interrogating Carol Hoey of Chapter 49 by her BD-4. She told us that Bob Hoey was in the area talking to Tony Ginn and they were about to depart.

The 1999 Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In Project Police Tactical Assault Force Ed Dutreaux, George Gennuso, Norm Dewitt, and Gary Aldrich. Russ Erb is hiding behind the camera.

Norm set about his critical mission of waiting by his airplane for three hours waiting for the fuel truck to show up, while the rest of us proceeded on to investigate the rest of the assembled masses.

The remainder of the PPTAF proceeded on, wading through the usual chaff until finding a truly historic find. The Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser "City of the Angels" was one of two PA-12s to fly around the world in 1947. We had seen this airplane at Sunín Fun, and now it was here on the other side of the country.

Restorer David M. Liebegott and owner Harry P. Mutter smile with glee at the PPTAF gives the "City of the Angels" an enthusiastic "Thumbs Up"

After such a find, the PPTAF eventually decided it was time to check out the lunch fare. The Kommandant broke with tradition by NOT having the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. We continued to scan the assembled masses for any known friendly faces. We spotted PPO John Goldenbaum, who was wearing his red Poly Fiber shirt, not his PPTAF uniform. He stopped by to see us, and bestowed upon us the honor of finally meeting his lovely wife Phyliss.

We also spotted Victoria Rosales of Chapter 49, who gave us critical intelligence that the Vice Grand Poobah for Chapter Stuff Bob Mackey had been spotted hanging out at the EAA Merchandise tent. After finishing round one of lunch, we set out for this location and eventually got there. Bob saw us coming, and in a despicable move tried to hide behind a human shield. We rooted him out and forced him to participate in an enjoyable discussion. We also saw Claudette Colwell, one of our favorite members of the EAA Chapter Advisory Council.

After collecting the latest poop from HQ, we proceeded on through more of the exhibits. We found Victoria with husband Paul Rosales at the Vanís Aircraft booth, where they were spelling the sole rep from Vanís so that he could have some lunch.

We caught some of Normís airshow, and, of course, we passed through the vendor tents to see what was being hawked. Ed learned the truth about the statement that saying anything or asking anything of a vendor would launch him into his pre-arranged marketing spiel. Gadgetosis Nervosa reared its ugly head. Gary flight tested a new set of sunglasses, which looked like not much more than a sheet of plastic and a string, and eventually bought them. George finally bought an Active Noise Reduction headset.

The PPTAF with Victoria and Paul Rosales by the RV-8A

After the airshow, we watched the immediate mass exodus as they all sat, engines running, not going anywhere. Eventually we said our goodbyes to the Det 11 squad and climbed back into the Fighting Skywagon. Many interesting stories of days gone by were swapped, and after bedding down the Skywagon we had dinner at the Way Out Inn. The PPTAF then disbanded and dispersed back into the population, to form up again as duty called.

- Erbman

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And From Det 11...

It was great to run into you, Gary, and George last weekend. I wish I could have spent more time with you guys. Instead, I waited by my plane for gas for 2 hours. At least the weather cooperated this year.

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to fly in the Turbine Legend. Boy, was that a neat flying machine. It reminded me, in some ways, of my flight in your F-16 at TPS. You are pinned in the seat on takeoff by the acceleration. It breaks ground at 80 mph. Best rate of climb is about 150 mph, and we were indicating 5500 fpm (not exactly F-16 like, but the fuel flow wasn't either). Stick forces and roll rates were similar to the "16". The plane is stressed to +6/-4 G's. We had 230 kts IAS at 7000 feet, but I couldn't determine the power setting. The plane fits right into normal general aviation traffic patterns, assuming the pilot doesn't bust in at 230 mph. We used 100 mph in the pattern down to short final. Touch down was slightly above the 61 mph stall speed, and there is beta if you wish to shorten the rollout. It's a really neat plane. I think I may "need" one.

Finally, as promised, my new web site is at:

www.geocities.com/Pipeline/Cliff/1211

Really kool address, huh? Have a great Open House, and I hope to see all of you in the near future.

Best wishes,

- Norm DeWitt

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Last Month's Meeting


EAA Chapter 1000
MOL Room, Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB
1700, September 21, 1999
Gary Aldrich, Presiding

We had the meeting and had a good discussion of hose quick-disconnects. Secretary Bowen has promised to tell us more about it next month.

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The Prez Sez...

After the excitement and effort expended on the Edwards Open House, compounded by flight planning for a college hunting trip with his daughter the next day (how hard can they be to find? Itís not like theyíre on mobile launchers or something) the Kommandant is suffering a severe deficit of brain bytes. He thinks that this should decry his lack of fitness for the job and demand his recall, but we donít let him off that easy.

In any case (including this one), the Kommandant wishes to officially thank the Open House Booth Crew, including Russ Erb, Doug Dodson, Gail Dodson, George Gennuso, Norm Howell, Gretchen Lund, and Paul Rosales of Chapter 49.

- Per Gary Aldrich, Kommanding

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New Members

As a result of the Edwards Open House, we are welcoming three new members to Chapter 1000. First up is Tom Hallendorf, who joins us at our Det 11 location (San Carlos CA). You may think you have already met Tom, and maybe you have. Tom has been flying in to the Edwards Open House for several years now, and designed and built the "Super 6," sort of a rocket-ized IO-540 modification of the RV-6, as covered in a article by Budd Davisson in the December 1998 issue of Sport Aviation. Tom lives with his wife Janie in Woodside, CA, where he supports his airplane habit working as a real estate developer. He has also built an RV-4, and lists his current project as Classified SECRET PPYDNTK (Project Police You Donít Need To Know). Weíll show himóweíll wait until he finishes it and canít wait to show it off.

We welcome another Glider Guider to our fold in Murry Rozansky. Murry lives in Chatsworth with his wife Louise, but is frequently seen at Mountain Valley Airport in Tehachapi flying gliders. In fact, he served as an excellent distraction during your NLEís checkride by entering the same pocket of lift (properly, of course) at about the same altitude. Murry has been an EAA member for quite some time, having a 5 digit EAA number. He holds certificates for Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Single Engine Sea, and Glider. He lists his projects and interests as many paper airplanes and auto engine conversions. He supports his airplane habit by working as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

Dave Morgan (call sign "Smash") has finally given in to peer pressure. Working as a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) on staff at USAF TPS, he joins the chapter to complete our first stage of takeoverónamely all of the FTEs on staff at TPS (Dave, Russ Erb, Doug Dodson, Gary Aldrich) are members of EAA and Chapter 1000. Smash joined up when he heard about the Young Eagles program and asked how he could get in on taking kids for rides. He and his wife Lisa live on Edwards. We keep him busy developing new courses and flights for the expanding systems phase of the curriculum and by "forcing" him to fly in F-16s, C-12s, and all of the other TPS aircraft. He has already upgraded to a Private Pilot Airplane certificate along with Commercial Pilot Glider and is rapidly working his way toward a CFI-G.

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Young Eagles Update

Fox Field, Lancaster, September 18, 1999

Beautiful day for an old fashion fly-in and Young Eagle's Rally!!! We had great weather, lots of airplanes, plenty of ground crew, just the right number of Young Eagles. We had lots pilots ready to help out, but since I wanted to keep this rally small, only 4 actually flew YE's. Many thanks to Ron Wilcox for attending the planning meetings for me over the past few weeks. Also, it was great to have Russ Erb, the world famous Young Eagles software author, on hand to print out certificates - thanks Russ!!! For those of you reading this in the Chapter news letters, if you are not on my e-mail notification list and would like to be, please send me an e-mail at: rv6@cybersurfers.net.

The totals for this rally are as follows: 4 pilots, 3 ground volunteers, and 18 Young Eagles.

Ground Crew:
Herb Carlson Post-flight certificates and pictures
Russ Erb Computer wizard

Victoria Rosales

Pre-flight registration



Flight Crew
Pilots Equipment
#YEs
Lane Carlson

Cessna 172

7

Ed McKinnon

Mooney 231

7

Space Miller

Cessna 172

3

Gary Trippensee

Luscombe 8A

1

Young Eagles this Rally: 18
Young Eagles this Year: 222
Young Eagles Grand Total: 2518

Reminder Reminder Reminder!!!

October rally will be at ROSAMOND on the 16th - see you there!!!

Please note my new e-mail address: rv6@cybersurfers.net. I will be using this for all future YE business.

- David McAllister

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The Excalibur Story

This was a printing of a story already posted.

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Loose Ends

On 2 October your newsletter editor and webmeister Russ Erb added a Private Pilot Glider rating to his pilot certificate at Mountain Valley Airport in Tehachapi.

Heard at the Golden West Fly-In: Someone asked what would be required to get a flight in a Thunder Mustang. Ed Dutreaux suggested that it would only require checking your Weight & Balance. That is, the Weight of your wallet and the Balance in your checkbook!

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Web Site Update

Checking the big web site on 11 October 1999 found the hit counter at 33948 hits, with a jump in the hit rate to about 51/day. Iím guessing the increase was from surfers looking for information on the Edwards Open House.

Other than that, Bearhawk progress continues to interfere with any Web Site work. Aw, shucks.

- Russ Erb

Webmeister

Just a reminder that the EAA Chapter 1000 Web Site is hosted courtesy of Quantum Networking Solutions, Inc. You can find out more about Qnet at http://www.qnet.com or at 661-538-2028.

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Chapter 1000 Calendar

Nov 3: EAA Chapter 49 Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sunnydale School. 1233 S. Ave. J-8, Lancaster, CA. (661) 948-0646

Nov 9: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (661) 609-0942

Nov 16: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (661) 609-0942

Dec 1: EAA Chapter 49 Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sunnydale School. 1233 S. Ave. J-8, Lancaster, CA. (661) 948-0646

Dec 14: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (661) 609-0942

Dec 21: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (661) 609-0942

Jan 5: EAA Chapter 49 Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sunnydale School. 1233 S. Ave. J-8, Lancaster, CA. (661) 948-0646

Jan 11: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (661) 609-0942

Jan 18: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (661) 609-0942

Feb 8: EAA Chapter 1000 Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. Test Pilot School, MOL Room (661) 609-0942

Feb 15: EAA Chapter 1000 Monthly Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Edwards AFB. USAF Test Pilot School, Scobee Auditorium. (661) 609-0942

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For Sale:

Sonerai IIL project. Fuselage and wings 95% complete. Modified for A65 engine. Engine torn down for overhaul but complete with a great many spare engine parts. Includes instruments. Hydraulic brakes. All excellent work. Call Fletch Burns 760-373-3779

Charlie and Glenna Wagnerís house in North Edwards is for sale. If you are interested in the house, please call us at 775-867-4394.

WANTED: "Intake manifold" for a Rotax 582/Ellison throttle body combo. Call Rod Howes 775-867-5513, e-mail to airhowes@yahoo.com

FOR SALE: Ellison throttle body injector, EFS-2. NEW, never used. Cost $400, Sell $200. Call Rod Howes 775-867-5513, e-mail to airhowes@yahoo.com

Avid Mk IV project for sale. Fuselage, fast-build wings, landing gear, and fasteners packages. Does not include firewall forward, instrument, and interior packages. Work completed: Tailwheel, flight control linkages, landing gear assembled except for brake plumbing. STOL Wings as received from factory (mostly built). Fuselage on gear, wings on caddy with casters. In storage at Rosamond. Contact John Miltner at perseus@mayanet.com.tr


To join Chapter 1000, send your name, address, EAA number, and $20 dues to: EAA Chapter 1000, Gary Aldrich, 42370 61st St. W, Quartz Hill CA 93536. Membership in National EAA ($40, 1-800-843-3612) is required.

Contact our officers by e-mail:

President Gary Aldrich: gary_aldrich@pobox.com
Vice President George Gennuso: pulsar1@qnet.com
Secretary Miles Bowen: mbowen@cybersurfers.net
Technical Counselor Gary Sobek: gasobek@jps.net


Inputs for the newsletter or any comments can be sent to Russ Erb, 661-258-6335, by e-mail to erbman@pobox.com

From the Project Police legal section: As you probably suspected, contents of The Leading Edge are the viewpoints of the authors. No claim is made and no liability is assumed, expressed or implied as to the technical accuracy or safety of the material presented. The viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of Chapter 1000 or the Experimental Aircraft Association. Project Police reports are printed as they are received, with no attempt made to determine if they contain the minimum daily allowance of truth. So there! 

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Contents of The Leading Edge and these web pages are the viewpoints of the authors. No claim is made and no liability is assumed, expressed or implied as to the technical accuracy or safety of the material presented. The viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of Chapter 1000 or the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Revised -- 17 March 2000